what is the hardest thing to do?

by jkiley
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I am wondering what is the hardest thing to do for you guys in your online business? For me, it is...bringing the traffic.

I am a software developer, so writing apps is not hard...but bringing traffic is not easy.

what is your opinion?
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  • Profile picture of the author secrets2010
    i normally outsource what is hardest for me which is building good looking websites, graphics and technical stuff...

    the other concentration i waste too much time surfing on the net...
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  • Profile picture of the author NicoleBeckett
    For me, it's not getting distracted - not from working at home, but from all of the tasks I need to get done. It seems like there is always something that needs to get done when it comes to internet marketing. Usually, I have to set goals of everything I want to accomplish in a day - and keep it reasonable. Otherwise, I wind up working until my eyes are spinning!
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  • Profile picture of the author erinwrites
    For me the hardest part is being aggressive about closing a sale. I work one on one with all of my clients and I am TERRIBLE about letting politeness and friendliness get in the way of saying "no, you really DO need my writing. I'm worth it." I usually back off even when I know that the client is teetering on the line.

    Incidentally--this is why I am better at selling YOUR stuff than my own
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarah Russell
    Focusing on the right things, at the right times. Not getting distracted by things that don't fit into my business plan.
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  • Profile picture of the author McBrett
    @JKiley.. Kind of random, but have you ever programmed any Facebook games?
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  • Profile picture of the author John Atkins
    Tech stuff for me. I find it really boring. :/
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  • Profile picture of the author G.O.A.T
    Originally Posted by jkiley View Post

    I am wondering what is the hardest thing to do for you guys in your online business? For me, it is...bringing the traffic.

    I am a software developer, so writing apps is not hard...but bringing traffic is not easy.

    what is your opinion?
    Im the opposite, we should get in touch lol

    Traffic for me is easy, i have no idea how to program / code..
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    • Profile picture of the author jkiley
      Originally Posted by G.O.A.T View Post

      Im the opposite, we should get in touch lol

      Traffic for me is easy, i have no idea how to program / code..
      we sure should...I have a shrink wrap application in fry's, office depot, office max, etc. I also started this new site (look at my signature).
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  • Profile picture of the author JennSpencerIM
    Traffic and then conversions...but I think right now my biggest issue is conversions and I'm not much of a tester. I SHOULD be spending time on that but instead still spending time on more traffic!
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  • Profile picture of the author SmartyD
    I am a newbie and for me the hardest thing is knowing what needs to be done to actually make money in this game.
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    • Profile picture of the author FredJones
      Hardest thing for me is to sell digital (information) products - I do some great SEO (going by Google rankings) and am a good article writer (have stopped writing for others, but just going by what my ex-clients say and the fact that I still get requests to write that I politely decline), but I am pathetic at selling till date. Somehow I never seem to understand exactly what pitch sells, so my top listings in hungry markets for buying go waste!! I am talking about digital products here. I guess, selling physical products seems to be easier for me, and I do seem to sell physical ones more easily compared to digital (information) products.
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      • Profile picture of the author ExRat
        Hi Knight21,

        Is that an affiliate link in your sig?

        They're not allowed here.
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  • Profile picture of the author tyroneshum
    It's too time consuming when I try to get back and visit my emails almost every hour in a day so since I started outsourcing, it's been a relief to save at most 15 hours doing all these email management, replying to customers, processing orders, etc. all administration tasks that has been handled by my trusty virtual assistant. I still manage my personal email though which I access every start of the day.

    I'm so glad I met these outsourcers from the Philippines. Highly recommended!
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    • Profile picture of the author ExRat
      Hi jkiley,

      what is the hardest thing to do?
      Blind faith.

      It's essential, especially when forging a new path or taking other kinds of risks. But it's easily self-thwarted over time. One must practice resilience in this area (for many years), but the upsides are that it's a skill that can be applied life-wide and as the skill develops, our faith becomes less blind (even at the outset of a new project) due to our increasing all-round skillset.
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  • Profile picture of the author all4realwithme
    finding a niche to market in is the hardest thing for me right now.just been banging my head against the wall with no breakthrough.am i alone in this?thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author ExRat
      Hi all4realwithme,

      finding a niche to market in is the hardest thing for me right now.just been banging my head against the wall with no breakthrough.am i alone in this?thanks
      Try HERE (read whole thread, not just the first post)
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  • Profile picture of the author Bingtran
    The hardest thing is keep going on the right track
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  • Profile picture of the author ButterflyGarden
    Most difficult is definitely being patient! It takes time and I prefer instant results :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author David Ekenroos
      Originally Posted by ButterflyGarden View Post

      Most difficult is definitely being patient! It takes time and I prefer instant results :-)
      I totaly agre!
      Mostly it takes time before you can se the real result of your work, for me it toke about 4 months before I got any realy good results.
      But what made me happy was that I got a sale at the same time as my site started to get some rank.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Ekenroos
    Originally Posted by precious007 View Post

    The hardest thing to do is to do NOTHING.

    Al.
    LoL! There are allways something to do.
    Like reading this Forum to find out more ideas how to improve your self, and finding out new Merchandise to promote all over the web.
    There is a lot of free information on the net and it can never be to much.
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  • Profile picture of the author Neil Morgan
    Yep, you have to act. I'm sure you know that

    As a software developer myself, assuming your software has real value, marketing it is easier (IMHO) than other types of digital products like ebooks and info, partly because you can build self-promotion right into the product itself.

    Think of all the viral opportunities there are:

    - free version with upgrade professional upgrade
    - allow people (affiliates?) to give away the free version
    - tell a friend within the software
    - social bookmarking within the software
    - affiliate program within the software
    - pre-launch with free professional upgrade to first 100 customer
    - pre-launch with reduced professional upgrade to next 100 customers
    - reseller program (probably not within the software)
    - freely distributable white papers and other information with links back

    ...etc, etc, etc

    You just need to get the ball rolling and it's quite easy with pre-launches etc.

    Not to mention...

    - endless software/shareware listing sites

    Cheers,

    Neil
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  • Profile picture of the author cpa-money
    to keep on going........ i have few sites that are stuck in the 2nd page of google for few months and cant leverage them to the top
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